Zona 5, where your child lives, is located in a slum area of Guatemala City. An extremely poor area, our program is squeezed in among the shanty dwellings built over an old city dump. Many houses in this area are without toilets or running water and are assembled with scrap wood, sheet metal, and cardboard. Zone 5 is considered one of the most dangerous areas of Guatemala City. It is controlled by gangs and drug pushers. Robberies and murders are common in this area. Public education is available - however, many cannot afford it. Life in Zone 5 is very difficult.
Hello! My name is Leonardo Emanuel Tax Perez. I was born on February 23, 2015 and I am 4 years old. I am in good health and I attend the Zone 5 feeding program. My father’s name is Sebastian Tax Lopez, and my mother’s name is Kesia Jemima Perez Hernandez. They are merchants. They sell all different types of things: magnets, decorations, toys, etc. I have one older sister named Jobita, who attends school, but she also helps my parents when she is not in school. We own the house in which we live. It has one room that we all sleep in and a separate kitchen. The house is made of cement block with a tin roof and a cement floor. We have electricity and running water. I am in kindergarten this year, and when I am not in school, I spend my time playing with my toy cars, balls and watching television. My favorite color is yellow, and my favorite animal is the dog. The food that I like to eat the most is fried chicken. My family attends a church.
With much love and many blessings,
Leonardo Emanuel Tax Perez
Translated by: Edwina Lyons/AAC Missionary